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Letter: 2nd Amendment about safety, not hunting

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From: Bill Lazzell


Received: Jan. 10

To the elected officials in my district:

Part of your oath as an elected official is to protect and defend the Constitution of The United States of America. Part of that historic document is the Second Amendment which states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” That statement was not intended to refer to the military, it was so the citizens of this once great country would be able to defend themselves against a tyrannical government which no longer represented the will of the American people.

We have a president who regularly bypasses Congress, and the members of Congress roll over. We have a president who sincerely thinks we do not have a “spending” problem. Washington has become so out of touch with the rest of the country, sometimes I wonder what the heck kind of drugs are they taking.

Study history — Let’s look at some facts:

1911 – Turkey disarmed its citizens, and between 1915 and 1917 they murdered 1.5 million Armenians.

1929 – Russia disarmed its citizens, and between 1929 and 1953 they murdered 20 million Russians.

1935 – China disarmed its citizens, and between 1948 and 1952 they murdered 20 million Chinese.

1938 – Germany disarmed its citizens, and between 1939 and 1945 they murdered 16 million Jews.

1956 – Cambodia disarmed its citizens, and between 1975 and 1977 they murdered 1 million educated people.

1964 – Guatamala disarmed its citizens, and between 1964 and 1981 they murdered 100,000 Mayan Indians.

1970 – Uganda disarmed its citizens, and between 1971 and 1979 they murdered 300,000 Christians.

Australia has disarmed its citizens, and a year later the homicide rate in the largest province is up 300 percent. The burglaries of seniors is “dramatically” up. I guess the criminals did not turn their weapons in. Only the innocent law abiding citizens turned in weapons.

In U.S. cities with the highest crime rates, taking guns away from the citizens has not lowered the homicide rate. All it has done is to make it easier for criminals to operate.

The Second Amendment is not about duck hunting or deer hunting. It is about having the ability and the right to defend oneself and your family. It doesn’t matter if that threat is a burglar, or the federal government. A disarmed population is fair game for any president who may be aspiring to become a dictator. Having its citizens armed was the plain and simple intent of the founding fathers of our country.

Let’s face it, criminals, as a rule, are criminals because they ignore laws. More laws are not the answer, since, as criminals, they won’t obey them anyway. Guns are a tool, nothing more. People are killed with knifes, clubs, baseball bats, cars, trucks, etc. ... Shall we ban all of the above? If someone makes a decision to kill someone else, they will find a way to do it.

I hope you can see the sense in this and take a stand against any further restrictions on firearms and ammunition.

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